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Warsaw opens new bridge

The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge, also known as the North Bridge, which links the Polish capital’s northern suburbs of Bialoleka and Bielany was officially opened by the mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz on Saturday.


“Dear Warsaw residents, we finally have the long awaited bridge, the one we have dreamt about for a few past decades – as its concept first emerged in the 1980’s”, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said at the opening ceremony.


The new bridge was named after Maria Sklodowska-Curie to honor the Polish double Nobel Prize winner. It is 795 meters long and consists of three parallel bridges, two for motor vehicles and one for light rail, bicycles and pedestrians. The first motor vehicles were allowed to use the bridge on Sunday at noon.


This is a very special bridge as it solves many transport problems in Warsaw, Gronkiewicz-Waltz also said. It will now be likely one of the most often used bridges in the city and will significantly change traffic conditions in the Polish capital.


By end-June the bridge will be opened for trams and bicycles, she added.


The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge is Warsaw’s eighth road bridge over the Vistula River after Poniatowskiego, Gdanski, Slasko-Dabrowski, Lazienkowski, Stefana Grota-Roweckiego, Swietokrzyski and Siekierkowski.

source: warsawvoice.pl

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